Lipless Crankbait Buyer's Guide - Best Baits For The Price

The Buyer's Guide series continues with a look at our top lipless crankbaits. Whether you're looking for a budget-friendly option, the perfect bait to burn over grass, or a balanced option for slow fishing the depths, we've got you covered.

With so many lipless crankbaits on the market its hard to know which baits to invest your time into. With these 6 baits you can cover every application.

Lipless crankbaits have a reputation for losing big fish at the worst times. Stock baits often deserve the bad rap but with a few simple modifications these baits have a great hookup to land ratio! Add in a dedicated rod and you have a recipe for big bass success.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we recommend as well as rod, reel, and hardware upgrades to increase your hook up to land ratio. We'll also include our confidence colors for each bait.

The baits...

-Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap:

Recommended colors: Blue Blood Shad, Ghost Minnow, Rayburn Craw Red, Silverado.

-Cotton Cordell Super Spot:

Recommended Colors: Royal Red, Foxy Shad, Foxy Momma.

-Strike King Red Eye Shad:

Recommended Colors: Ayu, Chrome Sexy Shad, Japanese Shad, Royal Red, Sexy Shad.

-Jackall TN-70:

Recommended Colors: RT Scale Minnow, Super Shad, RT Holo Bluegill, Ghost Minnow, Chartreuse Shad.

-Lucky Craft LV-500:

Recommended Colors: American Shad, Chartreuse Shad, Phantom Chartreuse Shad, Ghost Minnow.

Megabass Vibration X Jr:

Recommended Colors: GG Gill, M Sliver, Sexy French Pearl.

Hook and Split Ring Upgrades...

Owner ST-56 Treble (Size 4):

Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 4):

Owner Hyperwire Size 3 Split Rings:

Favorite Lipless Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 40 lb Braid:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Other Budget Friendly Lipless Rods...

G Loomis E6X 845 CBR:

Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Heavy Cranking:

Shimano Curado 7' Medium Crankbait:


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8 Deep Diving Crankbaits You Need To Try - Buyer's Guide

Which deep diving crankbaits work the best? Tim and Matt went through all of their favorites and picked out the top 8 baits that are worth your time this year. If these baits could tell the stories of the fish they've produced for us, you'd want to fish them all!

It was difficult to just select 8 baits, especially from such a broad category. Crankbait fishing can be so diverse and a deep diving crankbait can be used in so many applications. From dredging the depths with an oversized bait to ticking shallow rock with a mid-diver, the opportunities are endless.

In this video we are primarily covering the baits but below you'll find a breakdown that includes of some of the rods and reels we use for the technique. Also, hook selection is KEY to crankbait success so we will include those as well.

The Top Baits...

Megabass Deep X 300:

Strike King 10XD:

Strike King 6XD (Rattling):

Strike King 6XD (Silent):

Norman DD22:

River2Sea Goon:

Megabass Deep Six:

Strike King 3XD:

Spro Rock Crawler:

Baits that almost made the cut...

6th Sense Cloud 9 C25:

Azuma Z Boss 24:

Berkley Dredger 25.5:

Norman Deep Baby N:

Teckel USA Drunker:

Strike King 5XD:

Lucky Craft Classical Leader DR:

Preferred Colors Include Ghost Minnow, Sexy Shad, Chartreuse Shad, and Red Craw.

Hooks and Split Ring Upgrades...

-Oversized Crankbait Hook- Owner ST-36 Size 1/0:

-Standard Deep Diver Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Size 2:

-Finesse Crankbait Hook- Owner ST-56 Size 2:

-Hyperwire Split Rings Size 3 and 4:

Big Crankbait Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Champion 805 CB:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K:

Line- 17 lb Sunline Assassin:

Small Crankbait Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro Crankbait 845:

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Other great rods from various brands...

Shimano Zodias 7'6" Medium Heavy Glass:

Daiwa Tatula XT 7' Medium:

St. Croix Big Cranker 7'8" Medium Heavy Moderate:

Cashion Elite Crankbait 7'3" Medium Heavy:


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4 Crankbaits That Keep Catching Bass In Fall and Winter

Fall is prime time for the crankbait! Even if your water is in the 40's you can catch bass with these tips. As water temperatures drop we keep it very simple. Instead of throwing a dozen different baits focus on key baits in key colors and you'll see way more success.

Even as the water cools we fish all ends of the spectrum. We'll use a squarebill crankbait, deep diving crankbait, and a lipless crankbait for different presentations. Despite the variety, we keep the actual baits and colors very simple.

The first bait is the LV-500 lipless crankbait. The second bait is the Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill. Third is the River2Sea Biggie and last is the Strike King 6XD. By using these baits as a system you can cover virtually any situation without owning an entire tackle box of crankbaits. Simplify colors as well, focusing on a ghost color, a Flashy Color, and a solid or white color for your best chance at success.

The Baits...

Lucky Craft LV-500:

Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill:

River2Sea Biggie Squarebill:

Strike King 6XD Silent:

Hook and Split Ring Upgrades...

Gamakatsu EWG Black:

Gamakatsu EWG Red:

Owner Hyperwire Split Rings Size 3:

Hooks sizes...

LV-500: Size 4

Lucky Craft 1.5: Size 4

River2Sea Biggie: Size 2

6XD Silent: Size 2

Lipless Crankbait/Squarebill Setup...

Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR:

Reel- Curado 150 DC:

Squarebill Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Lipless Line- 40 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Lipless Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Deep Crankbait Setup...

Rod- Curado 7'4" Medium Heavy:

Reel- Curado K 7:1 Ratio:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

Budget Friendly Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Colt 7' Medium Heavy Crank:

Reel- Shimano SLX 150HG:

Line- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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Forgotten Crankbaits For Fall Bass

When every one else is throwing squarebill crankbaits and ultra deep divers you can catch a ton of fish on mid-sized cranks. They work in a variety of conditions that other cranks don't and virtually no one throws them. Give them a try this Fall and you might be surprised how many bass you can catch!

What is a mid-sized crankbait? Most have a short, rounded bill and wider body. The baits are typically designed to reach depths of 7-12 feet and come equipped with size 6 trebles. They "match the hatch" with a variety of baitfish nationwide and are bit much more readily than larger deep diving crankbaits.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we have confidence in, gear we use, and the upgraded hardware that we use when finesse cranking these mid-sized baits.


Normal Deep Baby N:

Spro Rock Crawler:

Teckel Drunker:

Strike King 3XD:

Fat Free Shad 3/8 oz:

Bomber 5A:

Bomber 4A:

Jackall Jaco:

Megabass Deep X 150:

Upgraded Hardware...

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 2:

Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Size 6:

Hook- Owner ST-36 Size 6:

Matt's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- IMX Pro 843 CBR:

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran MGL 50:

Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb:

Budget Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Colt 7' Med/Heavy Crankbait:

Reel- Daiwa CR 80:

Line- 10 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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